I received an arts education of sorts, studying Fine Art at Camberwell College of Art and attending evening drawing courses in other London Art Schools in the 1980s.

I worked in commercial design in London. In 1987 I moved to Moscow, where I worked as a designer, illustrator and journalist. In the early 1990s I was able to spend quite a lot fo time painting, against a background of dramatic changes that were taking place in Russia at the time. I lived in China from 1996-8, so some of the paintings on this site are from there. I also managed to hold an exhibition in Beijing in 2008.

My work is essentially realistic. Natella Voiskounski, the curator of ASTI gallery, where I held my first solo Moscow exhibition in 2006, called my style ‘romantic realism’. I think that you only have one voice, which should not be distorted, once found.

I am stimulated by life around me. Some of the western artists who have had the strongest influence on me include, by no means exclusively, Auguste Rodin, William Turner, Pierre Bonnard and Edvard Munch. From a wide panoply of Russian artists I draw the most from Zinaida Serebriakova, Peter Konchalevsky, Alexander Golovin and his late lamented artist friend Yury Rodin.



Email: harrisonj@outlook.com

I am in Moscow most of the time on: +7 916 521 3110

and sometimes in Scotland:  +44 (0) 7913723725